New York

Robert Indiana, The Sweet Mystery, 1960–62, oil on canvas, 72 x 60".

New York

“Robert Indiana: Beyond Love”

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
September 26, 2013–January 5, 2014

Curated by Barbara Haskell

Even if you don’t love Love, there’s no denying the status of Robert Indiana’s mid-1960s icon as one of its era’s most widely disseminated images, its laconic form having since been emblazoned on T-shirts, stamps, and posters across the globe. Haskell’s retrospective thus poses the question: What can we find with a look at the artist’s oeuvre beyond the blinding light of this single trademark? Focusing on Indiana’s prolific ’60s production but spanning nearly five decades of work in all (including paintings, sculpture, and assemblage), the exhibition aims to broaden our understanding of his exploration of American history, geography, and everyday life—from the Love and Eat works to his tributes to Herman Melville and the Brooklyn Bridge. Now that the “American Century” has passed, what can we discover anew in the work of this most American of artists?

Travels to the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Feb. 5–May 25, 2014.